FPL Promoted Teams – Fulham
Fulham finished 4th in the 2019/20 Championship and won the play-off Final against Brentford to return to the Premier League in the first time asking.
FPL managers can look forward to a familiar name in Fulham colours – Aleksandar Mitrovic (FWD | 6.0). The Serb was the Championship’s top scorer with 26 goals – this tally is 40% of the Cottagers’ goals in the division.
Mitrovic has 21 goals and 7 assists in his Premier League career and is expected to be to the fulcrum of Fulham’s attack next term. Not to exaggerate, Fulham’s chances of survival next term likely depend on Mitrovic staying fit and returning at least a 10-goal season.
Other Players to note
Joe Bryan (DEF | 5.0) was Fulham’s hero in the Play-off Final with 2 goals but while he is an attacking left-back, he only returned with 1 goal and 7 assists in the season. His opportunities to foray forward will be more curtailed in the top flight and may not be a sure starter.
The trio of attacking midfielders – Bobby Reid (FWD | 5.5), Ivan Cavaleiro (MID | 5.5) and Anthony Knockaert (MID | 5.5) all have previous Premier League experience but it would be probably worthwhile to play the waiting game on them to see how Scott Parker will line up in the Premier League.
First choice GK is Marek Rodak (GK | 4.5), a young Slovakian youth product. Likely to remain a first choice unless the club makes a new signing in weeks to come.
Knockaert’s deal was made permanent over the window and Fulham added American international Antonee Robinson (DEF | 4.5). Robinson is a left-back with somewhat similar attributes to Bryan and can compete for the starting spot.
Mario Lemina is an interesting signing to look out for. The Frenchman is talented but failed to impress with Southampton.
André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (MID | 4.5), Jean Michaël Seri (MID | 5.0) and Fabri (GK | 4.0) have returned from respective loan spells but their involvement in the first team in not certain at this stage.
Fulham spent £100m the last time they reached the Premier League only to go straight down. Chances are the club would not be as lavish this time round.
Fulham’s start to the season is actually respectable and actually do not play a side from last season’s top four until GW11. They also play the 2 other promoted sides within the first 7 GW. If they were to stay up. they do need the points from the onset.
Overall, it is noted that Scott Parker’s side is not particularly attacking or solid at the back. What they lack in quality they make up in teamwork and drive. Fulham’s promotional season can be described as one in which they got the results they needed.
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